The countdown to the Sydney Spring Racing...
David Jolly’s hulking South Australian star Behemoth is tipped to continue his winning ways this spring at Caulfield on Saturday dominating the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 field and odds.
A capacity line-up of 16 starters plus four emergencies has been accepted for this year’s Group 1 $500,000 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) with the favourite drawn a treat in gate five.
Jockey Craig Williams chases his sixth win since 2004 in the race having enjoyed previous success aboard: Barley A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Response (2010), Toorak Toff (2011) and most recently Stratum Star (2015).
This Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the champion hoop comes aboard Jolly’s flying All Too Hard five-year-old Behemoth who has won three of his past four starts.
After a big autumn – early spring campaign at home in Adelaide, the galloper travelled to Melbourne and dominated the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at weight-for-age winning the August 29 feature by 1.5 lengths with William aboard.
Success will see him become the first horse to complete the Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke double since Regal Roller (2004).
Despite the size of the field there are only four other runners under $10 for the win and the next best in Sir Rupert Clarke betting are a trio of $8.50 second elects including Age Of Chivalry.
The Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained He’s Remarkable five-year-old presents fit third-up at his pet track and distance (3:2-1-0).
Age Of Chivalry comes off a string of frustrating minor placings, the latest seen him finish third to Showmanship in a Moonee Valley Black-Type over 1200m carrying 60kg.
Back to the 1400m at Caulfield and dropping notably in weight to 55.5kg, the galloper looks a standout hope to break a 13-month winning drought and improve on his second in last year’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results.
Group 1 winning juvenile Tagaloa and Banquo for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien are the other $8.50 chances.
The autumn’s Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa races second-up as a three-year-old on the weekend having resumed with a close third only a neck off the winner when carrying 59.5kg in the Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).
He has his first look at 1400m taking on the older gallopers in the Sir Rupert on Saturday but the classy Lord Kanaloa colt should be flying with only 54kg.
Banquo is also well-weighted on the minimum, the four-year-old Written Tycoon entire on the quick back-up off his second to Zoutori down the straight at Flemington in last weekend’s Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality.
After drawing wide out in gate 18 (into 15 with emergencies out), the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Superstorm is the last of the single-figure chances at $9.50.
Runner-up to his stablemate Regal Power at the track in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) in mid-March, the now four-year-old son of Sebring is out to improve on his first-up ninth in the Group 3 The Heath over a short 1100m.
Of the double-figure fancies the standouts include the Godolphin-raced Cascadian ($12), Pretty Brazen ($16) coming off a Group 2 victory over Arcadia Queen and last year’s champion Begood Toya Mother ($17) in gate four.
2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||4184x14x11||BEHEMOTH||David Jolly||Craig Williams||5||60kg||110|
|2||x3210x2705||STREETS OF AVALON||Shane Nichols||Daniel Stackhouse||17||58.5kg||107|
|3||161x777x46||BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER||Daniel Bowman||Declan Bates||4||58kg||106|
|4||3x25319x44||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||8||58kg||106|
|5||2154x122x9||SUPERSTORM||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||18||57kg||104|
|6||55x2308x85||DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Nolen||7||56.5kg||103|
|7||011x9702x6||MADAM ROUGE||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||20||56kg||106|
|8||45212111×5||MANDELA EFFECT||Scott Brunton||Craig Newitt||2||56kg||102|
|9||10×3815674||REYKJAVIK||Lindsey Smith||Dean Yendall||11||56kg||102|
|10||440x0223x8||ACHERNAR STAR||Lindsey Smith||Jamie Mott||1||55.5kg||101|
|11||1123x63x23||AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||13||55.5kg||101|
|12||x870x4905x||DEBT AGENT (NZ)||Jim Conlan||Billy Egan||3||54.5kg||99|
|13||1151x22x71||PRETTY BRAZEN||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||10||54.5kg||103|
|14||8x1275x121||ROHERYN||James Cummings||John Allen||14||54.5kg||99|
|15||31x4124x3||TAGALOA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||12||54kg||102|
|16||114x325x72||BANQUO||Danny O’Brien||Jye McNeil||6||54kg||98|
|17e||3x1212224x||HARLECH (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Michael Dee||9||54kg||98|
|18e||13x0x470x1||I AM SUPERMAN (IRE)||Peter & Paul Snowden||15||54kg||98|
|19e||83x45050x6||GOLD FIELDS||Logan McGill||19||54kg||97|
|20e||80x82120x3||RUNSON||Leon & Troy Corstens||16||54kg||97|
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